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Diane is an HR professional with deep generalist and L&D experience. She has totted up over 30 years in roles that champion the people agenda. Operating at Executive and Senior Leadership Team level she has increased people performance and improved engagement in businesses with both UK and Global reach. Diane has over a decade of corporate retail experience, was Group People Director for GHD, and since 2012 has provided strategic and operational HR support to mid-tier growing businesses across various sectors including manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, accountancy and commercial interior design and fit-out.
She provides Strategic HR leadership, coaching and practical support around the people agenda to a broad range of businesses. Straightforward conversations and simple solutions to personal, people and business challenges are her trademark.
Diane has a proven capability in demanding commercial environments. She is equally renowned for her ability to navigate sensitively and diplomatically the often thorny and challenging ‘people’ situations that can occur at all levels within a business. In addition to her professional HR qualifications, she is also a qualified coach and is highly commended for the results she delivers though her coaching approach.
Her passion for SME’s is obvious as during the last decade she has dedicated her work efforts to northern-based businesses which are PE invested, Family or Management team owned. She loves the agility and flexibility that these environments can provide. Being a conceptual thinker, she is at home in entrepreneurial businesses that are loaded with personality, passion and grit.
Diane really is ‘down with the kids’ when she is at home because her family has expanded recently with 3 young grandchildren appearing in rapid succession to her two eldest kids, along with her youngest daughter who is still at high school. She loves the outdoors and has recently combined this passion with two new hobbies of photography and stargazing. Always up for a challenge and a laugh, she is bracing herself to tick off all fifty of the 50th birthday bucket list challenges that her family and friends have dared her to complete.